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    2016 iHomeschool Omnibus

    Hi everyone! it’s time for the 2016 iHomeshool Network Omnibus sale! Every year the amazing iHN bloggers put together a huge sale full of awesome resources at an incredibly discounted price for all of you! It’s full of material not just on homeschooling, but parenting, relationships, … [Read More...]

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    May 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

    Hey guys! I’m so excited for May because that means we only have one more month of school left! I start getting really bad summer fever right about now and with the weather warming up I want to do just about anything else besides hang out in the kitchen cooking. So that’s where my monthly meal plans … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: Motivating Your Students

    Hi everyone and welcome back to Tip Tuesday! Today we’re talking about how to motivate your students to want to do a good job and work diligently! I think as homeschoolers motivation can be an issue, well it has been for us anyway! My kids tend to think that since they’re at home, they don’t have to … [Read More...]

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    2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Picks

    Hey guys! Today I’m sharing our top 2nd grade homeschool curriculum picks with you! As I’ve said before, every family is different, so what works for us may not be the best fit for your family. But hopefully you can use these as a general guide to get started! I hope these posts are helping you … [Read More...]

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    Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

    Hey guys, I have a super easy and delicious recipe for you today. As most of you know I don’t have a lot of time to fuss around in the kitchen, but I still like to have home-cooked meals as well. This recipe covers both needs beautifully! We have sports in the evenings on most days and so my slow … [Read More...]

APR
10
2016

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Hi everyone! I’m back again today with our top kindergarten homeschool curriculum picks for you. I hope these posts are helping you all plan your homeschool year. If you have any suggestions for helpful planning posts let me know and I’ll see what I can do! If you missed my Preschool Homeschool Curriculum picks, make sure to check them out here.   Please keep in mind that students and parents needs will differ, so what we’re comfortable with may not work perfectly for you. So I’m hoping you’ll just use this as a guide to help you get started in picking your curriculum. And hopefully take my choices as helpful suggestions, not what you  absolutely have to do.   Here are the basic subjects I suggest you cover for Kindergarten: Bible Phonics Reading Math Handwriting Optional: Art, Science, Social Studies   So let’s get started! Most of you know that I created a Kindergarten (K4/5) curriculum several years back, and I still love it! … [Read more...]

APR
06
2016

Expedition Earth Greece Unit Study

Good morning, γεια σου (pronounced yah-soo) and welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Greece!       Here are some fun things that we learned about this week: Where Greece is on the world map & located the Aegean Sea A song in Greek How to say Hello in Greek: γεια σου (pronounced yah-soo) How to pray for the Greek people About children in Greece Learn about the Greek Parthenon Learn more about Greece from National Geographic Kids Completed our Greece lapbook activity Completed and classified animals of Greece Learned about the seashore habitat and animals Learned new Geography vocabulary terms Made Kourabiethes (Greek Butter Cookies) Learned a bit about Greek Sculpture We found Greece on our world wall map and added our flag to mark our journey. Of course we stamped our passports and added the entry date of our visit. Our book is getting full!   And we learned how to say hello in Greek, and … [Read more...]

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05
2016

April 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

Hi everyone! I’m so sorry, but apparently April snuck up on me, and I totally forgot to post my monthly meal plan! Ironically, I’m just finishing up my new cookbook and meal plan book which I thought was funny! Apparently I can’t multi-task these days! I think my brain is in spring fever mode. We only have 2 months of school left, then we’re out for summer! YAY!! And yes, I get excited for the break. School can be crazy. And fun. And crazy. So we all get excited to have some down time to just chill by the pool, play with friends, and hang out. But that’s a couple of months off, so let’s get back to April and what’s for dinner!     If you’re new to my meal plans, anything blue and underlined is clickable. It will take you to a recipe on my site to help you out. The other meals I assume are basic enough not to need recipes for. But if you see anything on there that you’d like more information on let me know! I take my monthly meal plan each week and make a … [Read more...]

APR
04
2016

Tip Tuesday: Creating Rules for Your Homeschool

Hey guys! Today I'm sharing some more homeschooling tips with you all. One of the more helpful things that we do prior to starting each year is to set up some basic homeschool rules. Today I'm talking all about what our basic homeschool rules are and how they've helped in our homeschooling journey.     One of the things people tend to overlook when starting out with homeschooling is the need for some type of organized discipline. Both students and parents can be so excited to start that they overlook this necessity. By outlining the expectations for your homeschool and home, you will save yourself and your children from much heartache. We’ve all gone through it, the beginning “homeschooling honeymoon.” Everyone is excited to start, and looking forward to all of the fun they’re about to have. You as the homeschooling parent have researched, planned, and prepared a year’s worth of fun activities. You’ll find yourself excited to impart all of your new found … [Read more...]

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03
2016

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Hi everyone! I always post my curriculum for each year prior to the start of our school year. But I’ve had some requests to post our curriculum choices by grade level to help out people trying to choose curriculum for a certain year. I thought that would be a great idea, and if it helps you all out then double yay! I’ll be starting this week with our preschool homeschool curriculum choices, and going up through the grades each Monday.     Please keep in mind that students and parents needs will differ, so what we’re comfortable with may not work perfectly for you. So I’m hoping you’ll just use this as a guide to help you get started in picking your curriculum. And hopefully take my choices as helpful suggestions, not what you  absolutely have to do. Here are the basic subjects I suggest you cover for Kindergarten: Alphabet (Recognition & Sounds) Art & Music introduction Bible Calendar skills: Days of the week, months of the … [Read more...]

MAR
30
2016

Expedition Earth Italy World Geography Unit

Buon giorno and welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Italy! As a country near and dear to my heart, we enjoyed learning about our heritage,  and I even learned some new things about Italy too! Psst….everything you see below can be found in my Expedition Earth World Geography curriculum.   Here are some of the things we covered: Located Italy on the map and completed our mapping worksheet Learned about the Italian flag How to say “Hello” & “Thank you” in Italian – Ciao, Grazie Prayed for the Italian people Learned a song in Italian Completed a lapbook activity Learned Roman Numerals Learned about and classified 6 animals of Italy Learn a little about Italian Opera Vocabulary: Volcano Learned about volcanoes, including Mt Vesuvius and made a volcano Learn about the 5th Wonder of the World: The Roman Colosseum and made a model out of Foam Bricks. Learn about the Leaning Tower of Piza and made a model Learned about Michelangelo and … [Read more...]

MAR
28
2016

Tip Tuesday: Creating a Homeschool Schedule

Good morning everyone! Today I have another Tip Tuesday post to share with you. I always get a lot of questions about our daily routine and how I set it up. So today I’m sharing how we set up our basic daily schedule/routine. And how we get through each week with homeschooling, chores, sports, blogging, etc. Keep in mind this is just a basic overall routine that we’ve been following for a while now. It has changed over the years based on our families needs, so your schedule will probably look different from ours. But hopefully this will at least give you a guideline to get started, and a few tips from me on why creating an overall routine can be helpful for your homeschool!     While each day can bring on a chaos of its own, we do have a basic routine that we try to stick to. Obviously things don’t always run smoothly around here, and some days are crazier than others. But I like to at least have a general guideline to get me through the day. Check out … [Read more...]

MAR
27
2016

3rd Grade Sight Word Search Worksheets

Hey everyone! Today I have another fun freebie for you. It’s the Third Grade Sight Word Search worksheets. I’ve had so many requests for more sight word practice worksheets that I decided to make these for third grade too! These activities are just another fun way to help your student identify and read each sight word.  Keep reading to download this freebie, and see how we use these worksheets in our homeschool!       –> Download the Third Grade Sight Word Search Worksheets <– (Downloading: If you have troubles downloading, RIGHT click on the download link and select “SAVE LINK AS”. You will then be prompted to save the file to your computer. If you are using a MAC, please make sure that Adobe Reader is your default PDF reader. Otherwise safari will open it in preview mode and the document will not print properly.)   What’s Included in the 3rd Grade Sight Word List? Included in this download are 41 third grade level Dolche sight … [Read more...]

MAR
26
2016

Happy Easter 2016

Good morning and Happy Easter! I hope you are enjoying the beauty that God has provided us with today, and celebrating the Risen Christ! We are heading to church, then to spend the day with family. It’s always a fun and relaxing day and we’re usually excited for lovely spring weather. But this year is bringing us snow LOL! But the water will be a blessing to all of the plants starting to bloom, so we’ll look at it as a good thing   The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. … [Read more...]

MAR
24
2016

Easter Activities for Kids 2016

Good morning everyone! I posted some fun easter flower cookies yesterday, but I also wanted to share some of the fun Easter themed crafts and recipes that we’ve done in years past as well!  So here are a few of my favorite ideas to help make this Easter special! Here we go, I hope you enjoy them and Happy Easter! Easter Garden If you missed yesterday’s post, creating a mini resurrection Easter Garden is a wonderful idea to remind your family of Jesus this season! Click here for detailed instructions on creating your own mini resurrection Easter garden. “Life of Jesus” Bracelet This is a great Easter craft for kids as well as a wonderful gift! Here is the story: One night there was a bright start, which guided three wise men. They carried three gifts to give to the King of the earth upon His birth. He grew up to become a carpenter, and a fisher of men and souls. He had twelve apostles, who spread the Word of Christ. Because of our sins He was crucified, shedding … [Read more...]